A midwife is a clinician who provides a full range of pregnancy, birthing and primary health care services. Licensed midwives receive formal education and clinical training, and they use best practices to care for people at any point in their life and pregnancy.
As recently as the early 1900s, midwives attended half of all births in the U.S. While they are not used as commonly now, midwives have long been key to the health and well-being of their communities.
Midwifery uses a distinct approach to care. The midwifery care model considers pregnancy to be an important transition in a person’s life. Midwives:
Midwives offer these pregnancy and birth services:
Midwives also provide the following primary health care services:
Research shows that outcomes improve for parents and their babies when they have access to midwifery care, including:
Licensed midwives are an integral part of the New York City health care system and have a long history of providing care in the city. NYC midwives attend births in hospitals, birth centers and at homes.
In New York State, you can get midwifery care through private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and self-pay.
If you have insurance, check to see if you are covered for midwifery services. If you are pregnant and uninsured, you can either qualify for Medicaid or a special enrollment period through the New York State of Health Marketplace.
A licensed midwife in New York State can provide safe and effective care in the home, birth center, hospital and any other health care setting.
If you want to become a midwife in New York State, you must complete an accredited midwifery education program and pass a national certifying exam. You must also get a license from the New York State Education Department.